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Jonathan Kent is the son of the Earth's greatest hero, Kal-El aka Superman, and the famous Daily Planet reporter, Lois Lane.

Pre-Crisis

After the undoing of John Deegan's Elseworlds, Lois Lane revealed to her husband, Clark Kent, that they were going to have a child; later, the couple decided to move to Argo City as they believed Lois' pregnancy could be less difficult there.[1] The child was born around September or October 2019 and was named Jonathan.[2]

In December 2019, the Crisis erupted as the Anti-Monitor was freed from his prison so he could unleash an antimatter wave on the Multiverse: as the realities were being erased from the antimatter, Earth-38 was rapidly reached by the antimatter and Argo City was among the first places in the universe on its course.

Jonathan's cousin, Kara Zor-El aka Supergirl, tried to warn Clark and Lois about the incoming menace but it was too late as the sky turned red and the wall of antimatter energy was already upon Argo City. Jonathan's great-aunt, Alura, advised her beloved nephew to use a spacepod to save their son from the death, like Jonathan's grandparents did with his father many years before.

As Clark and Lois tearfully said goodbye to their son, the rocket was sent away from Argo City but, after leaving its atmosphere, it fell into a wormhole that made the rocket land in Star City on the futuristic Earth-16 where the pod was found by an alternate Oliver Queen so the Green Arrow rescued the baby and took him into the Arrowcave.

After being saved by Lyla Michaels aka Harbinger, Clark and Lois made Brainiac-5 track Jonathan's pod to the alternate reality. As Superman was needed on Earth-38, Lois offered herself to rescue his baby son on the alternate reality along with Brainiac-5 and Sara Lance who had previously visited the future reality.

The group arrived to Earth-16 and entered the Arrowcave. After Oliver Queen attacked them, believing them to be enemies, Lois Lane rushed to take her son back and, later, they returned to Earth-38. Eventually, Jonathan left Earth-38 along with his parents before the universe was erased by the antimatter, finding refuge on the heroes' new base, the Waverider.[2]

In order to entertain Jonathan, Clark thought to visit the Fortress of Solitude to retreve a Kryptonian rattle to gift him but, as the Kryptonian hero was still traumatized by his home reality's end, he somehow came to Earth-86, believing the Fortress was the one from his universe.[3]

While his parents were out in the Multiverse, Jonathan was entrusted to Earth-74 Mick Rory who calmed him and read his novels to him. Later, Jonathan also met his father's counterpart who affirmed that the baby reminded him of his son, Jason.[4]

Eventually, Jonathan was erased from existence along with everyone on the Waverider when the Anti-Monitor unleashed his antimatter wave upon the timeship.[5]

Post-Crisis

After the Paragons rebooted the Multiverse, Jonathan was brought back to life on the fresh born Earth-Prime as its original universe was merged into the new reality. Jonathan's life is a little different in the new universe as he now has a twin brother.[6]

When Jonathan and his twin brother Jordan were born, their parents took them to the Fortress of Solitude and tested them for superpowers. The tests indicated they were unlikely to develop powers and therefore Clark decided not to reveal his secret to them, although Lois wanted to.

Jonathan was more sociable and popular than Jordan, who suffered from an anxiety disorder. He was also a naturally gifted athlete who was chosen to be the starting quarterback of his high school’s football team as a freshman. Although he would sometimes tease his brother he usually tried to look out for him and the two were close. He would also join his father and grandfather for fishing trips which Jordan did not want to go on.

The week that the Kent brothers started high school, their grandmother Martha Kent suddenly died. At the funeral reception in Smallville they met a local girl named Sarah Cushing who they were both instantly attracted to. Jonathan, who already had a girlfriend, encouraged Jordan to pursue her as she seemed interested in him. The three went into the barn where Jordan fell from a hayloft and a stack of heavy metal poles fell on him. Jonathan threw himself on top of Jordan, seemingly shielding him, and both boys walked away with only minor injuries.

While their parents were in town, Jordan and Jonathan investigated the barn and found a secret underground chamber where their father’s space pod was stored. When Lois and Clark returned, the brothers confronted them and Clark revealed that he was Superman, and that they believed Jonathan had inherited his superpowers. Jordan ran away distraught and Jonathan chased after him, warning their father to stay away from them.

That night, Jordan snuck out to a party and got into a fight with Sarah’s boyfriend Sean. Jonathan had tracked Jordan down and arrived just in time to intervene but Sean and his friends beat him up. Jonathan was injured by the attack, indicating that he was not invulnerable as he had assumed. Jordan suddenly demonstrated heat vision and blasted a nearby bonfire, causing an explosion which scattered the partygoers and saved Jonathan from Sean.

Clark arrived and took them both back to the farmhouse, where Jordan remembered that when Jonathan jumped on top of him, he had felt a surge of strength and turned them over so that Jordan was shielding Jonathan instead. Jonathan made an insensitive joke about the dangers Jordan’s powers could present but quickly apologised, and the next morning assured him he was not jealous that his brother had powers and he did not.[7]

The Kents relocated to Smallville, to be closer as a family and to allow Jordan to safely explore his powers. Jonathan agreed to the move to help his brother, although it meant leaving his entire life behind. Their parents kept Jordan out of school until he could control his powers and Jon went to Smallville High alone, the first time the twins had been separated. Jonathan had trouble adjusting to the move and his usual confidence was shaken, although he tried to hide his feelings from Jordan. To make matters worse, Sean and his friends, who played on the school football team, sabotaged Jonathan by preventing him receiving the team’s playbook and humiliated him during practice. Jonathan was chosen as the backup quarterback, rather than a starter as he anticipated.

Jon became increasingly frustrated with the radical change to his life and jealous of Jordan. Clark took Jordan to the Fortress of Solitude where he was subjected to tests that indicated his manifestation of superpowers were freak occurrences and unlikely to develop into full Kryptonian powers. When they returned home, Jonathan’s frustrations with Jordan life boiled over when he heard his brother complain that he was not special as he had believed, and the two got into a shouting match until Lois broke it up. That night the brothers made up and Jonathan promised to help Jordan discover the truth about why his powers suddenly manifested.[8]

The Kent twins were outcasts at Smallville High and Jordan was a target for bullying by Sean and others on the football team despite Jonathan’s best efforts to protect him. During a particularly severe incident where Jordan had a panic attack and almost activated his heat vision their father suddenly appeared at the school, revealing that he regularly spied on them with his super-hearing, although he promised not to do it again when they complained.

Jordan tried out for the school football team in order to confront Sean and the others who bullied him. Jonathan tried to convince Jordan that it was a bad idea but his brother was insistent and proved to be dominant on the field. Jonathan was irritated that Jordan was succeeding at something that had always been his, and asked him why he was playing as Jordan had always hated sports. When their parents learned that Jordan had joined the team they forbade him to play. Jonathan was initially pleased at the restoration of the status quo, but when he spoke to Jordan to assure himself that his brother was okay, he recognised how depressed Jordan was. He noticed another player text Jordan, who had never previously had any friends, and realised that playing on the team was what was best for him. Jonathan was able to convince Clark to let Jordan play on the team by telling him how his confidence and social skills had improved while playing.[9]

Jordan quickly became the team’s star player and Jonathan was pushed into the background, something he found difficult to adjust to. He befriended a player called Tag Harris who had been injured in the bonfire explosion, the two bonding over the fact that neither of them got to play. When Jonathan noticed Tag behaving oddly he tried to inform his father, but Tag insisted he was fine and Clark left to deal with escaped supervillain Thaddeus Killgrave. As Clark had stopped to listen to Jonathan’s concerns, Killgrave got away, and the boy’s grandfather General Sam Lane privately told them not to distract their father from his duties as Superman.

At a party, an agitated Tag fled alone into the woods, followed by Jonathan and Jordan. They found Tag suffering immense pain from uncontrollable superspeed. Jonathan wanted to call Clark for help, but Jordan, remembering Sam’s warnings and blaming himself for Tag’s situation, tried to help him. Tag threw Jordan away, knocking him unconscious. Jonathan used Jordan’s signalling device to call Clark, who was losing a fight with Killgrave. Hearing his son’s cry for help, Superman overpowered Killgrave and flew to Smallville, carrying Tag into the upper atmosphere where he passed out.

Back at home, Jonathan admitted to Jordan that he was jealous of him and assured him that he was not responsible for Tag’s problems. The brothers told their parents that Sam had told them not to bother Clark with their problems, to Lois and Clark’s fury.[10]

Jon invited his girlfriend Eliza to visit Smallville for the Harvest Festival, and although she initially agreed to come, she dumped him the day before she was supposed to arrive. After school, Jonathan told his parents that he wanted to move back to Metropolis, as a friend of his had agreed to let him stay with them. At the Festival, Jonathan met up with two older boys and got drunk on liquor they had brought with them.

He and his friends drunkenly made fun of Jordan and Sarah, who were on a date, and Sarah stormed off in disgust at his behaviour. He apologised to Jordan but when their parents found them they sent the boys home. After Jon sobered up Clark told him that he would not be punished, but asked him to give Smallville a chance, telling him they would discuss allowing him to move to Metropolis if he was unable to find happiness in Smallville.[11]

Jordan was attacked by Tag and began experiencing painful migraines. Jonathan wanted to tell their parents but Jordan was worried Clark would forbid him to play if he knew and begged Jonathan not to tell. The Crows’ next game was against Jonathan’s old team in Metropolis, which was made up of the kids used to pick on Jordan and he desperately wanted to beat them.

At the game the Crows’ quarterback was tackled by Cutter, Eliza’s new boyfriend. Jonathan was sent in to replace him and the Kent brothers managed to rally the team and lead them to an unlikely victory, with Jonathan scoring the final touchdown. While Jonathan was scoring, the entire Metropolis team piled on Jordan and the two teams fought. Jordan had another attack and an uncontrollable burst of heat vision, which Clark blocked with his hand.

Back at the hotel room, Jonathan told Clark about Jordan’s migraines and he chastised them for not telling him. Clark had to leave when Sarah’s mother called him and he learned that Sarah had been kidnapped by Tag. When Clark went out to look for Sarah some of their teammates invited them to go out and celebrate, which Jordan enthusiastically agreed to although Jonathan was reluctant. Cutter and some other Metropolis players tracked them down and began to harass Jordan, with Cutter trying to goad him into a fight. Although Jonathan tried to talk him down, Jordan swung at Cutter’s head with his full strength, which would have seriously injured or possibly killed him if it connected. Jonathan caught Jordan’s fist in midair, which shattered the bones in his hand and wrist. As a result of the injury Jonathan was faced with the prospect of losing mobility in his hand and never playing again. Jordan was wracked with guilt but Jonathan refused to accept his apology.[12]

It was revealed that Jordan's migraines were caused by his emerging super-hearing, which he could not control. Jordan needed to stay home from school until he learned to control his hearing, meaning Jonathan was once again required to lie to provide cover. At school, Sarah was cold towards him, as she could tell the Kents were keeping something from her. Jonathan told Sarah that Jordan had been injured by Tag and was suffering debilitating headaches, which was technically true but misleading. He also guilted Sarah by claiming Jordan hadn't told her to keep her from worrying, and chastised her for not asking about his broken wrist. Although he hated doing it, his manipulation was effective to the point that Sarah felt bad for being suspicious of him.

Later that day Tegan Wickhem, one of the most popular girls in school, approached him and seemed interested in him. Sarah came to apologise for being suspicious of him and the two talked about their friendship, Jonathan promising to talk with Sarah about her problems if she ever needed to. Jordan overheard them while practicing his super-hearing and assumed Jonathan was attempting to make a move on her. When he came home Jordan confronted him and Jonathan, already hostile to his brother after Jordan broke his wrist, shouted back at him, angry at Jordan's lack of trust or gratitude for a lifetime of Jonathan defending him. The argument ended when Jonathan slammed his hand against the wall to create a loud noise and cause Jordan pain.

That night, Jordan overheard their father being attacked and the brothers put their conflict aside to save him. Despite minimal driving experience, Jonathan drove their fathers' truck to the warehouse where the fight was taking place, guided by Jordan's hearing. He crashed the truck through the wall of the warehouse and into the attacker, then used his sledgehammer to destroy the red sunlight lamps draining Clark and Jordan's powers. After the attacker was defeated and the family was safely at home Jordan apologised to Jonathan for spying on him and for the two made up, excited by Jonathan's heroics. Lois and Clark decided to no longer keep secrets from them and promised to answer any questions they had, including any that involved classified information.[13]

While John Henry Irons was imprisoned, Lois and Clark were given custody of his RV. Feeling superfluous around Clark and Jordan, he asked to help Lois search Irons’ RV. In there they learned that on Irons’ world he was married to Lois and saw the footage of the alternate Superman murdering Lois. Jonathan later searched the RV alone, hoping to find a weapon to make him equal to his father and brother. While searching, he learned that Irons had been his world’s counterpart of Lois and the two had had a daughter named Natalie, who Jon saw as his sister.

He accidentally tripped the RV’s security system which tried to kill him. Lois frantically called Clark for help and he arrived with a single second to spare to save him. Lois was furious with Jonathan for putting himself in danger but in reality her anger was driven by guilt and fear, as she blamed herself for him being in the RV. Also, one of her children coming close to death stirred up the trauma of a miscarriage she had had when the boys were toddlers and had never allowed herself to get over. Later she confided in Jordan about the miscarriage and told him that she understood how he felt as a normal person next to somebody with superpowers. They tearfully reconciled.[14]

At school the next day, Jonathan asked Tegan out but she turned him down, telling him she had only been trying to be nice to him as she felt sorry for him. Although Jonathan tried to play it off he was hurt by this.

Jordan became seriously sick after being infected by a synthetic Kryptonite gas developed by the military scientists under General Lane’s supervision. Jonathan told his grandfather that he should never have developed anti-Kryptonian weapons and that he trusted Clark and Jordan despite his lack of powers, calling Sam a coward. Clark flew Jordan to the Fortress to treat him, and Jon comforted Lois who believed she had failed in her responsibility to protect them.

Morgan Edge sent Emily Phan and another man, empowered by X-Kryptonite, to kill Lois. Sam briefly fought them off with the Kryptonite gas and Lois and Jon fled to the barn where he had hidden a number of weapons he had stolen from Irons, and armed himself with a gun that fired red solar radiation. Kyle Cushing arrived, claiming to have followed Emily from Smallville High School, and asked Jon to give him the gun. Jon blasted away Emily and the other attacker when the entered the barn, but Kyle, who had also been altered by X-Kryptonite, blasted the gun out of his hand and grabbed them both, threatening to kill Jon before Lois’ eyes. Fortunately Superman arrived in the nick of time to save them.[15]

The next day the twins met up with Sarah she she told them how she believed her father’s alcoholism had finally gotten too much. Believing she deserved to know the truth they told her that Kyle had actually been possessed and took her to see him where the Army was holding him prisoner. Sam did not want to let them in but Jon was able to convince him. The Kryptonian possessing Kyle mocked Sarah, telling her that her father was dead, and Sarah felt terrible that the last thing her father heard her say was her calling him a drunk. Jon encouraged Jordan to comfort her and stayed out of it.[16]

After Superman successfully depowered the Subjekts, including Kyle, Lois and the twins took the Cushings home. Sarah thanked the twins for being honest with her and told them she hated how families kept secrets from each other, unaware they were still not telling her the full story.

When the Kent family got back to the farm, they were attacked by Morgan Edge, who had learned Superman’s secret identity and planned to kill his human family to sever his ties to humanity. Before Edge could kill them, Superman arrived and agreed to join him in exchange for their lives.[17]

Jordan and Jonathan were both worried about their father, although Lois assured them he had been through worse. The boys wanted to help but felt powerless, until Jon suggested Jordan could use his super-hearing to track Clark down. Jordan’s confidence had been shaken by Edge effortlessly overpowering him, but with Jon’s encouragement he was eventually able to locate their father in the Badlands. The brothers passed the information to Sam, who sent John Henry Irons after Superman. Before Irons left, Jonathan met with him and told him that he knew what had happened to Irons on his own world due to searching his RV, and told him that his father was not like the alternate Superman, asking him to find a way to save him rather than kill him. Irons was able to help Superman break his brainwashing and he reunited with his family, introducing John to them as a friend rather than an enemy.[18]

The school planned an assembly for all students to discuss the events of the last few days. As everyone in town knew that Lois and Sam were involved, the boys were given a story to use if anyone asked them for details. Before the assembly, Tegan invited Jon to skip school with her and he gladly agreed, but when she started asking him questions about what had happened he realised she only wanted to pump him for information and walked home. He met John Henry Irons in the barn, where he was repairing his armour, and expressed some interest in Irons’ technology. The two began to talk, but then Clark walked in and realised Jon had skipped school and he was grounded.[19] Over the next three weeks Jonathan tried to get close to John Henry Irons, hoping to learn the technological skills necessary to protect himself from Morgan Edge, who had escaped from prison and disappeared. However, Irons was not interested in being a mentor and eventually asked him to leave.

Jon and Jordan went to a party held by their former teammates and while they were there Sam attempted to call them and tell them to go home as Edge had returned, but Jon ignored the call. At the party he met Tegan who apologised for how he had acted, claiming that she often came across as arrogant and haughty without meaning to. Edge and Leslie Larr attacked Metropolis and fought Superman and John Irons while Lois reported live on the scene. The partygoers watched the broadcast and saw Leslie almost kill Lois in the same way the alternate Superman killed John's wife, but Irons saved her. That evening, Sam tracked them to the party and took them home, but along the way Edge attacked their car and caused it to crash. Jon's arm was broken but he tried to shoot Edge with Sam's Kryptonite gun, however Edge was too fast and easily dodged the bullet and kidnapped Jordan. Jonathan called Clark for help on the ELT but by the time he responded Edge was long gone.[20]

The Cushings took Sam and Jon back to Smallville, when Jon reunited with Lois and saw Edge Eradicate six of Sam’s soldiers, converting them into the Kryptonian Defense Council. When Clark returned he told them that Zeta-Rho had taken over Jordan’s mind. Jonathan helped John Henry Irons modify his hammer with red solar technology to hopefully defeat Edge. The plan was for Clark and Irons to attack Edge and the Defense Council while Lois attempted to enter Jordan’s mind using a Kryptonian device and help him resist Zeta’s control while Jon guarded them. Zeta-Rho realised what Lois was doing and woke up. He attacked Jon but Jordan was able to destroy Zeta’s consciousness just in time to save him.

At a victory party at the Cushing’s house after Edge was defeated, Jon approached Tegan again.[21]


Abilities

  • Athletics: Jonathan is a naturally gifted athlete beyond the abilities of most boys his age. This may be due to latent superpowers.[7]
  • Deception: Jon has become adept at lying convincingly to protect his family’s secrets.[13][17]


Weapons

  • Red Solar Weapons: (Formerly) Jonathan stole a number of guns which fire red solar radiation from John Henry Irons’ RV.[15] He later returned the, to Irons who used them to enhance his hammer.[15]
  • Sonic Gun: A weapon which fires powerful pulses of sound, developed by Thaddeus Killgrave.[15]


  • Jonathan is named after his adoptive paternal grandfather, Jonathan Kent.
  • Jonathan's rescue attempt at the beginning of the Crisis mirrors the opening of the original Crisis where Alexander Luthor, Sr. and his wife sent their son away from Earth-Three to save him from their world's annihilation.
    • Clark's final words to his son are also a reference to the last words that his father said to him, before the end of Krypton, years before.

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